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Implementation Guides

Find a learning sciences implementation guide to help address the problem of practice in schools and districts with tangible real-world solutions.

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Access to Varied and Customizable Content, Curriculum and Assessments

Provide teachers with access to resources for curriculum, assessments, and professional learning to support strong content knowledge and pedagogy.

Align Technology Planning

In this age of digital learning, aligning school technology planning with curriculum, assessment, professional learning, and other operational needs is a necessity.

Aligned Grading Practices

Evaluate current grading practices and their alignment with the school’s vision for teaching and learning.

Alignment to Learning Sciences and Evidence

Implement instructional strategies that align with and build on learning and human development research.

Articulating a Philosophy for Learning

For a school or district leader, the vision for the school or district allows the leader to articulate the long-term impact of the work and the reason that impact is essential.

Build Trust: Be Reliable, Competent and Sincere

Understand that personal and professional relationships need to be nurtured on an ongoing basis and that trust can easily be broken.

Creating Balanced and Flexible Systems of Decision Making

Support school modernization practices aligned with district and state policies and balance authority with flexibility and agency.

Data Systems That Connect Learning to Work Pathways

Connect students to high school learning experiences that expose workforce pathways of potential interest (e.g., internships, early-college programs, career and technical education certification, military, etc.).

Digital Literacy and Citizenship Training

Provide digital citizenship and digital literacy training for students and teachers.

Embracing the Role of the School Counselor

Help school counselors create workforce development programming that is supported across the system.

Extended and Expanding Learning Opportunities

Offer extended and expanded learning opportunities for all students.

High-Leverage Approaches and Content

Determine high-leverage instructional approaches and content.

High-Stakes Testing and the Whole Child

Ensure that high-stakes testing is well planned and executed and is only one part of understanding the whole child.

Identify Work Experiences within the Community

Identify key workforce opportunities for students in the community.

Include Student Passions and Interests

Leverage and create opportunities for students to explore their passions and interests to promote personal and authentic opportunities.

Indicators for Interventions and Support

Focus on indicators that trigger interventions and alternative approaches with subgroups of students in need of more support.

Invest in a College and Career Research Tool

Provide students and families with access to a college database and information system.

Involve Students in Community Engagement Activities

Involve students throughout the modernization planning and implementation process and create ongoing opportunities for students to present their work to the public in and out of school.

Pilot New Ideas as a Team

Provide time to pilot new ideas, reflect, and refine; set up team time for planning, grading, and review of student work.

Providing Clear and Concise Learning Objectives and Progressions

Set clear learning objectives aligned with state standards for all students.